So You Think You Can Dance is a popular American dance competition aired on Fox in the United States. The show was first aired on July 20, 2005 where the audience across the nation remained glued to their couch to observe the discovery of the next big star. However, the show So You Think You Can Dance is very different from American Idol as it is a competition for dancers only. The show also showcases some unique works by cutting edge choreographers, which they especially choreograph for the dancers on the show.
The show was the brainchild of American Idol’s Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe. It is produced by 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions.
The contestants who compete in the show are from all over the USA, from unknown street dancers to winners of national championships. They make it to the show through a grueling audition process at the end of which 10 to 20 dancers (the number depends on the episode format of the season) compete with each other and dance their way to victory. They are asked to perform different dance styles and are assigned partners each week to test their versatility.
There is no genre of dance for the dancers. From salsa, ballroom, hip hop, street dancing, contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap to many other modern dancing styles, dancers are encouraged to perform and compete to win the title of "America's Favorite Dancer" along with prizes as lucrative as a new Hybrid SUV, $100,000 in cash, and a dancing role in Celine Dion's Las Vegas show.
The different versions of So You Think You Can Dance are broadcast in New Zealand, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Germany, Greece, Poland, Malaysia, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia and Portugal
The auditions of So You Think You Can Dance are held in major cities across the U.S. where the dancers perform in front of the panel of judges. The top dancers from each of the cities are selected to perform in the next round. There are time constraints when it comes to broadcasting of the auditions. So what is seen on the television is an edited and cut version of the original audition process.
The episode formats have undergone changes over the span of seven seasons of the show. In the season 1 of the show, while 50 top dancers were selected to work with five different choreographers for a week and at last 16 of them were chosen by the choreographers.
The season 7 has been quite different, where only eleven dancers were chosen to compete in the televised portion where the eliminations and the winner were decided by audience votes.
The contestants were also paired with each one of a group of twelve "All-Stars" from the previous seasons of the show chosen for their mastery over certain styles of dancing. However, after some episodes, the contestants had to deliver two performances, - one with an all star and one with another fellow contestant.
It is anticipated that this format is going to return in the season 8 of the show too integrated with the Top 20 format of seasons 2 to 6.
The grand finale was between the top 3 in the seventh season where they dance to several numbers in pairs or groups with other finalists as well as perform solo.
The contestants who had been eliminated come back in the finale and the season's favorite dances are showcased again. After all the performances are over, the contestant with highest number of audience votes from the night before is revealed as the winner.
Anyone who just loves the word ‘dance’, just loves the show.
With the surging popularity, the show, So You Think You Can Dance is moving to its eighth cycle of the popular dance show with some of the business's top choreographers. If you are looking for similar entertainment of the American Idol, you are certainly going to be disappointed, as, actually you will end up finding more entertainment in So You Think You Can Dance! It is not just about watching perform a beautiful piece of art, it is about the beauty of watching people pursue their dreams, - no matter whether he is performing hip-hop or a classic ballet!